Hi Everyone, today I am going to be taking you on My Healthy Skin Routine series. Today’s topic is, beautifully disgusting blackheads. I have had blackheads on my nose for as long as I can remember. They only started bothering me recently and I decided to educate myself on how to remove them. I initially thought once you get rid of them that they wouldn’t come back. How incredibly wrong I was.
I was never educated on what a blackhead actually was. I thought it was just dirt clogged in a pore, but it’s actually a hair follicle that has gotten bigger and is full of old skin, bacteria and sebum oil. What causes blackheads is the overproduction of oil on your nose or other parts of your body.If you have oily skin you should use oil free makeup to prevent blackheads.
♥ How I Remove Blackheads ♥
1. PREPARE YOUR SKIN
When preforming a blackhead extraction you have to prep the area which happens to be my nose. Clean your face with your normal facial wash. I would use my Superdrug Tea Tree Oil facial wash when I am doing an extraction. You want to wash your face before you preform the next step because if you ware opening your pores you need to have a clean face or you will risk adding extra impurities into the pore.
Steaming your face will help open up your pores. Boil some water, pour the water into a bowl and then place a towel over your head so the steam won’t escape. Do this for 5 – 10 minutes but no longer than that because you will dry out your face and you skin will produce more oil. You can either have your normal shower let the steam open your pores and once you get out, you can do the extraction.
Now that your pores are open it’s time for the extraction. The best way to remove blackheads are with a blackhead remover tool. If you are like me and don’t have one then your fingers will have to do.
- Wrap some tissue around your index finger (the two fingers beside your thumbs) then place your fingers on both sides of the blackhead area.
- Then push down gently, .squeeze and roll/push you from underneath the blackheads.
- Keep doing that all over your nose.
Look at the tissue and you should see all the black head gunk. It’s disgusting yet very satisfying. If you like all the icky stuff you should follow Dr Pimple Popper on snapchat.
4. After Care
Now that the pores are clear you are left with a little holes in your skin. Your job now is to reduce them back to their normal size.
At this stage I would exfolicate my skin just to get whatever is left in the pores out, make sure I get a thorough clean. I would use my Simple Smoothing Facial Scrub on my whole face except my nose, I want a stronger scrub this time so I would use my homemade facial scrub, which you can read about in a blog I did previously.
It is important that you use a toner after an extraction, it tightens all the pores back to their normal size. I use the Simple Pore Minimizing Toner.
** If you don’t have a toner then just rinse your face with cold water, the cold water will also shrink the pores.
Once a week I use the PS…Nose Pore Strips, these are really good and you get 4 of them for €1.50. The smell is really strong, once you get over that it is a really good product to have. Just apply this on your nose once a week leave it on for 10 minutes and watch all the blackheads come out. This is how I keep on top of my blackhead problem. I use the pore strips every week and then I do a deep clean 1-2 times a month.
If you remove your blackheads a different way I would love to hear about it in the comment section.
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